NEO UTILITY CARTRIDGES
The NEO-GEO hardware was actually utilized for applications other then
just games. When Aruze (a Japanese pachinko machine manufacturer) purchased
part of SNK, they experimented with using the MVS hardware for other functions.
Brezzasoft, programmed some amusement games for use in slot machines and used
for gambling. Only three cartridges are known to have been produced for use in
this application. When plugged into a standard MVS or HOME system with an adaptor,
these cartridges become "somewhat" playable. Therefore, some collectors argue they
are part of the NEO-GEO collection of cartridges, while others feel they are not.
This game was released around 2001 and is basically an "8-Liner". 8-Liner
is a terminology used by arcade industry operators to describe the circuit boards
which are used inside gambling machines. These boards can be set up to "pay out"
to either an installed coin hopper, or through a "credit" re-imbursement system
set-up by the location or the operator. The V-Liner cartridge came complete with
a harness cable and settings explanation sheet for just that purpose.
This game was released around 2001 and is basically a horse race betting
game. Bets are placed just prior to the start of the race, different horses have
different odds, and then the race begins. Some rather impressive Motion Capture
graphics were used for the animation of the horses. After the race is over the
winning horse is declared in a slow motion photo finish and the winning bets are
paid. Again, the game can be set to "pay out" to either an installed coin hopper,
or through a "credit" re-imbursement system set-up by the location or the operator.
The Jockey Grandprix cartridge came complete with a harness cable and settings
explanation sheet for just that purpose.
Poker Kingdom / Bingo Island
This game was manufactured around 2002 but to the best of our knowledge
has never been officially released. Gameplay consists of two main modes of play.
Poker Kingdom is actually the old school style 5 card stud poker game. Odds are
displayed and paid depending on the players card selection. Bingo Island is your
typical casino style bingo, which varies slightly from the more commonly known
bingo-hall type of play. Sun Amusement seems to have done the programming for
this title, rather then Brezzasoft which handled the other two titles.